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Release Date:
29 August 1974 (USA) See more »
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A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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superior horror/shock film from talented cult director Bob Clark See more (74 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... 'Andy' / Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ... Doc Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks

Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley ... Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie
Bud Hoey ... Ed
Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk (as Robert Cannon)
Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
Scott Becker ... Young Boy
Greg Wells ... Young Boy
Kevin Schweizer ... Young Boy
Jeff Gillen ... Bartender
Alan Ormsby ... Bystander
Mal Jones ... Sheriff
Edward Anderson ... Deputy
George De Vries ... 1st TV Announcer (as George Devries)
Bob Noble ... 2nd TV Announcer (as Robert Noble)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bonney ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Clark ... Officer Ted (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Clark 
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (screenplay)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
Gerald Flint-Shipman .... executive producer
Peter James .... producer
Geoffrey Nethercott .... executive producer
John Trent .... producer
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair  (as Ron Sinclair)
Casting by
Jessica Levy (casting)
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
Set Decoration by
Albert Fisher 
Costume Design by
Dyke Davis (costumes)
Makeup Department
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
Alan Ormsby .... makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
John 'Bud' Cardos .... production manager (as John Cardos)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Gillen .... assistant director
Art Department
Ralph Weir .... props
Sound Department
Jim Clark .... assistant sound
Gary Goch .... sound
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Tom Savini .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... operator
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... operator: second unit
Don Piel .... assistant camera: second unit
Music Department
Cliff Twemlow .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jamie Chastain .... production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra L. Ulosevich)
Bill Vergis .... owner and trainer: "Butch"
Winton Churchill .... video production assistant (uncredited)
Rodger Kobzina .... video production assistant (uncredited)
George Livingston .... video production assistant (uncredited)
Jordan Marsh .... acknowledgement to: for John Marley's wardrobe
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deathdream" - USA (reissue title)
"Whispers" - USA (reissue title)
"Deathdream" - Belgium (English title) (video box title)
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88 min | Belgium:98 min (video version)
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M (2005 re-rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1999) | USA:PG | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

This film and its themes can in many ways be seen as an early reflection of the popular awareness of the effect of combat trauma on soldiers that the Vietnam War helped bring to light. Much of Andy's disposition and symptoms, e.g. sudden violent behaviour due to the re-living of traumatic experiences, would later be associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, defined by the American Psychiatric Association in the Third Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1980).See more »
Factual errors: The sign over the cemetery gate is misspelled as "Brooksville Cemetary."See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Dead End (1985)See more »
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28 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
superior horror/shock film from talented cult director Bob Clark, 15 April 2005
Author: tristanb-1 from kansas City

Excellent spooky variation on "Monkey's Paw" really plays on deep emotions in a crude (but effective) manner.

Low-budget, but fast-moving and scary. This is one of my favorites.

A distraught mother "wishes" her deceased Vietnam soldier-boy son home only to discover he isn't quite who he was when he left.

Many different horror archetypes (zombies, vampirism, cannibalism) are touched on without being confirmed, which makes the film that much more effective.

The film is also a sharp and dark commentary on the state of the returning GI. Andy sits for hours in his dazed "zombie-like" state and stares at the walls. He becomes violent and acts irrational. Many symptoms of post-traumatic shock syndrome.

Written by Alan Ormsby, who also collaborated with Clark on "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" and would later go on to pen Paul Schrader's remake of "Cat People".

If you're looking for another solid Bob Clark spook-fest, check out "Black Christmas" (which bears an eerie similarity to the original "Halloween", though it predates it by several years!!) before "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things".

Many have commented on the *shocker* ending. If you are expecting something along the lines of the original "Carrie" - something to make you jump out of your seat - you will be disappointed.

The ending is more dour and stunning. I didn't see it coming, but it made perfect sense in line with everything that had happened. It's the kind of ending that a film would never have now. It's simply too honest. One of the better horror endings I've seen, actually.

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